We Want to Hear You, Support You

The Student Collaborative Committee (SCC) of MAMFT and its Director, Casey Skeide are seeking to undertake a comprehensive review of the Rights and Responsibilities of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Graduate Students.

The SCC will schedule listening sessions for  MAMFT Student and Pre-Clinical Members in Minnesota, which invites students and pre-clinical individuals to review student codes of their respective educational institutions and for the SCC to receive feedback on ways that MAMFT can support the development of students and the future of the MFT profession. Individual program student codes will not be reviewed at these sessions.  It is the responsibility of the attendee to do so prior to the session.

All viewpoints that do not violate any legal obligations that educational institutions and MAMFT must uphold will be considered.

The SCC will coordinate with Minnesota MFT programs and their student leaders to determine the most effective way to open a dialogue that allows for a broad representation of student  input in creating a Code of Student Conduct which clearly outlines Rights and Responsibilities of MN MFT students. The listening sessions are a starting point for doing so.

The creation of the MAMFT Code of Student Conduct hopes to identify essential rights and responsibilities of all students, student organizations, and MFT programs to serve as a guide for a healthy and safe student experience. Moreover, the SCC and its Director hope that the Code of Student Conduct provides opportunities for which students can learn to advocate for themselves during and after their educational experience to advance the profession.


The purpose of the listening sessions:

  1. provide a platform for MFT students to have their experiences heard
  2. discuss how MFT programs and MAMFT can work together to advance the professional developmental needs of students
  3. describe opportunities for and constraints on collaborative engagement during and after the student experience
  4. exchange ideas about how to students are involved in the MFT community
  5. reveal topics or trends that might emerge during drafting of an MAMFT Code of Student Conduct that clearly defines the rights and responsibilities of students
  6. begin networking, sharing knowledge and experience, and identifying participants for future collaborative work.



Listening Sessions February 2019 – March 2019

Drafting Process March 2019 – April 2019

Proposal Period MAMFT Collaborative Meeting June 2019

Listening and Drafting

Listening Session Participation Procedures

Participating in a Listening Session with MAMFT is an opportunity for students and pre-clinical individuals to tell their stories and voice their professional developmental needs.

Attendees may join in person or online.  To become a recognized speaker or join online, check out the event details section to register.

After each of the sessions, the presentations used during those meetings and the notes taken will be added to MAMFT’s website.


Those unable to attend in person that would like to contribute can fill out this survey:



Ground Rules for Listening Sessions

All participants are required to conduct themselves with respect and civility, knowing that it takes vulnerability and strength to speak publicly. Participants should be aware of the following ground rules in advance:

  • Each registered recognized speaker will have a maximum of five minutes to speak. A stopwatch will be visible to help each speaker keep track of time.
  • If a speaker exceeds the five-minute limit, they will be notified, and the microphone will be cut off shortly thereafter.
  • Speakers are asked to be courteous to the person after them and limit their remarks to the given time limit.
  • If time permits
    • Additional time may be given to recognized speakers
    • Additional speakers may be put on the docket
  • Name calling, slurs and vulgarities of any kind, verbal and physical attacks, and unlawful conduct will not be permitted. Any such actions may result in the termination of a speaker’s time and removal from the venue.


Drafting – Standing Committee

A Standing Committee for the development of the Code of Student Conduct will consist of:

  • the Director of the Student Collaborative Committee
  • An appointee from MAMFT’s Social Justice and Diversity Committee
  • 1-3 students from at least 3 graduate MFT programs affiliated with MAMFT
  • 1-2 MFT Program staff from at least 3 graduate MFT programs (directors, instructors, lecturers) affiliated with MAMFT

Event Detail

Registration Process

Registration is not necessary for general attendance, but mandatory for those who wish to speak.

Participants who wish to speak must register online by going to (the LINK here) to speak during one of the listening sessions to sign up.

  • Registration is not required to attend the listening sessions; however, those who wish to speak must register.
  • Speakers may only register for one session, to allow as many unique speakers as possible to be heard.
  • Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to time constraints, registration will be closed once each listening session has 15 registered speakers.
  • See event details for registration close dates and times.

Dates & Times


St. Cloud MN Listening Session

Date: Wednesday, 02/06

Time: 1:00pm

Location: St. Cloud State University – Education Building (Classroom A119)
840 4th Ave S
St. Cloud, MN 56301


To register, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/uBIZmlBitzAjCEOn2

or email Stephanie: slgarcia@stcloudstate.edu


Twin Cities Listening Session

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Details: TBD


To register, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/uBIZmlBitzAjCEOn2

or email


Southern MN Listening Session

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Details: TBD